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Obama holds his own on BP

Okay, so President Obama tripped badly on a question in today's news conference about the departure of the chief of the Minerals Management Service. He was inexplicably caught unaware.

Putting that aside, Obama was effective in dispelling the overall impression that he and his administration were hostages of BP. While the oil company is responsible for plugging the hole, cleaning up the mess and paying the hefty tab that comes with all that, it is not making a move without the involvement, buy-in and sign-off from a very engaged Obama administration. 

As Stephen Stromberg points out, Obama took ownership of the oil spill with this comment: “This notion that the federal government has been sitting on the sidelines and for the last three or four or five weeks, we’ve just been letting BP make a whole bunch of the decisions, it’s simply not true.”

And then the president rattled off a litany of statistics and actions that have taken place since he convened officials in the Oval Office within hours of the April 20 explosion. There are 1,300 vessels, 20,000 people and more than 3 million feet of boom trying to contain and clean up the oil glomming onto marshes and beaches throughout the Gulf Coast. And an independent commission has been formed to advise the president on how to prevent what is now among the worst environmental disasters in U.S. History from happening again.

As for the rest of the news conference, Obama wasn't so effective. He insisted that the 1,200 National Guards troops he's sending to the Mexico border were part of a long-standing program -- and not a response to Arizona's new immigration law. He also pleaded with Congress to get moving on comprehensive immigration reform. Obama is all slogans here for me.

Meanwhile, he totally ducked answering a direct question about his administration's overtures to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.). "I can assure the public that nothing improper took place'" Obama said. "But, as I said, there will be a response shortly on that issue." How's that for a totally unsatisfying answer?

And then there was "don't ask, don't tell." No one asked him about it, so he didn't tell. But with impending votes in the House and Senate, Congress is on the verge of finally telling the Pentagon to let gay men and lesbians serve openly the military. More on that after it happens.

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 27, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
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He did not "trip badly" on the subject of the MMS chief. You said, "Let me get this straight" in a previous post, and then proceeded to get it wrong.

I watched the press conference, and I think that his explanation was entirely reasonable. He said that he'd just been informed about the resignation this morning, and had not had the opportunity to discuss it with Ken Salazar, who was testifying on on the Hill.

What's the problem? This is a tempest in a teacup.

Posted by: Interceptor402 | May 27, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Interceptor that the 'fired' vs 'resigned' issue with Birnbaum is ultimately immaterial, and is little more than typical DC political sport stuff.

However, I was still decidedly underwhelmed by Obama's performance, in addition to my usual underwhelming evaluation of the press's performance. Obama attempted to make clear what he and his own people had muddled for weeks - the question of who's really in charge. Predictably, nobody in the press challenged him on this, but chose to swallow Obama's line whole despite no small amount of evidence that the proof of a coordinated systematic federal response up to this point has been sporadic at best. Obama was never challenged about the prudence of deploying a now retired Coast Guard commandant as the center of command and control in the Gulf. Perhaps he's the guy for the job, but perhaps not (some of us think enough evidence exists to have seroius doubts). Is Thad Allen a kind of choice that immediately makes perfect sense to handle command and control over a non-security threat? Not to me. But predictably, the press swallowed whole Obama's brief mentioning of Allen's supposed qualifications, again despite no small amount of evidence that the federal response has not been efficient. While Jake Tapper was courageous enough to actually ask Obama a semi-critical question about the spill and response, most of the press remains slain in the spirit and aren't prepared to ask Obama for anything other than an autograph.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | May 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I also was underwhelmed by Obama's performance.

I found a real disconnect between his stern demeanor and vague-sounding replies. Never once did I get the impression that he IS in charge.

Perhaps this is because he never seems anything other than deferential to BP. It matters not how many DOI heads roll, if Salazar's isn't one of them. And it never will be, because the bigger you are, the less Obama believes in holding you accountable.

Obama is such an empty suit. I cannot believe I was ever impressed with him. The more I see of him, the more I wonder how he can fool anybody.

Posted by: solsticebelle | May 27, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

So what does everyone want Obama to do pound his chest and yell I'm in charge? The man stated that the Government meaning he is responsible. People need to give it a rest already!

Posted by: jhop1104 | May 27, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous statement, "we're not letting BP make the big decisions". Who else would be even remotely qualified to deal with this? No politician in Washington can do anything to stop an oil spill that has already started. Of course, something will now be done afterwards to clean up the mess, just like other disasters left to clean up after 8 years of Bush- like shutting down the effort in Iraq, beefing up the effort in Afghanistan, renewing Federal commitments to environmental and business regulation, the list goes on. It's a shame that the Gulf coast is being messed up for tourism in what is already a major economic downturn.

I don't guess any of the fiscal conservatives in the Gulf coast states will complain about Federal spending and Federal borrowing that benefits them. I don't see legislatures in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida rushing into session to raise taxes on rich people to help pay for this cleanup; they'll expect the Federal government to bail them out, just like after hurricanes.

Posted by: stillaliberal | May 27, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Where the hell is the clean up effort in the gulf?!?! There have been numerous press/news stories showing pictures of the oil in the gulf and not a boom, boat or barge anywhere near the slicks to clean them up. Several of the gulf coast governors have asked the same question: Where are the feds on clean up efforts?? Unlike BP being responsible for capping the well and financing the cleanup, the feds are actually responsible for coordinating it.

Posted by: rigoman33 | May 27, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly Sarah Palin's fault.

Posted by: diehardlib | May 27, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

What was on display today was a CEO trying to explain away a massive management failure.
The President and his minions have spent more than a month assigning blame rather than separating the crisis into its parts. The federal government has neither the equipment nor expertise to stop the leak resulting from a massive accident. That can and should be left to BP in consultation with other industry experts. It appears that they may be successful.

The spill is another matter. It is in federal waters and the Administration had a responsibility to mobilize immediately against the potential that it could damage the Gulf and beyond, especially if it reached state waters, wetlands, and beaches. Obama failed to respond in a timely fashion. That delay has made it worse.
Obama assembled his team in Washington but it did not comprise the proper talents to address the problem. He fails to acknowledge that his oww skill set is limited and he needs to utilize the experience of state, federal, and industry resources working as a team to solve the problem.

An experienced manager knows when to bring in the experts. Obama's hubris prevents his doing that.
Now that he has "taken responsibility," he will also assume the blame for his failure.
The damage resulting from his poor management becomes more apparent by the day.

Posted by: parkbench | May 28, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama holds his own? That;s the problem. Instead of being on top of this, he's been 'holding his own, in his hand.
"We're in charge. From Day 1. Nothing else has been in my mind. I think about it at GOLF. I think about it while I'm eating Quail Eggs and Caviar at the FUND RAISERS. I thought about it on my last VACATION, and I'm planning on thinking about it on THIS VACATION. People wanna know why I completely IGNORED the DEVESTATION in Tennessee, with all the FLOODING? It was because I was thinking about what I'd think, if there was ever a big Oil Spill in the Gulf."
Capeheart should stop with the Obama Love Letters. Obama said that HE'S BEEN IN CHARGE the whole time. That BP couldn't make a move, unless he okayed it. That makes ALL OF THIS, Obams' FAULT. HIS WATCH! HIS RESPONSE. HIS FAILURE.
Go ask your Boyfriend, Capeheart. See what he says. Just remember...It's not polite to talk with your mouth full.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | May 28, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I heard a bunch of pundits on CNN, following the press conference, holding forth about how "incredulous" (I think the word is "incredible" but the woman on CNN said "incredulous") it was that the President didn't have the details about the MMS director's resignation at the ready. But his response was a perfectly reasonable one. Look folks, in the middle of the crisis is not the time to be focused on personnel issues -- there will be plenty of time for that later.

The whole attempt to suggest Obama has not responded effectively is getting really tired. The simple fact is, to a certain extent he has no choice but to work with BP until the well has been capped. For all the take about "taking charge," no one ever says exactly what they mean by it. Frankly, it would be a disaster for him to micromanage this, given that this is not an area of expertise for him (nor for many others in the administration).

I think he is responding as well as anyone could possibly expect under the circumstances. But let's face it, there are no easy answers or quick fixes here. And that, my friends, is the tragedy of allowing deep water drilling in the first place.

Posted by: markpkessinger | May 28, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

I heard a bunch of pundits on CNN, following the press conference, holding forth about how "incredulous" (I think the word is "incredible" but the woman on CNN said "incredulous") it was that the President didn't have the details about the MMS director's resignation at the ready. But his response was a perfectly reasonable one. Look folks, in the middle of the crisis is not the time to be focused on personnel issues -- there will be plenty of time for that later.

The whole attempt to suggest Obama has not responded effectively is getting really tired. The simple fact is, to a certain extent he has no choice but to work with BP until the well has been capped. For all the take about "taking charge," no one ever says exactly what they mean by it. Frankly, it would be a disaster for him to micromanage this, given that this is not an area of expertise for him (nor for many others in the administration).

I think he is responding as well as anyone could possibly expect under the circumstances. But let's face it, there are no easy answers or quick fixes here. And that, my friends, is the tragedy of allowing deep water drilling in the first place.

Posted by: markpkessinger | May 28, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

to all,

what i want to know is when the Washington COMpost & the rest of "the mainstream media" are going to start telling the TRUTH about BHO and his MIS-administration, rather than being the cheerleaders for BHO.

the whole bunch of the LYING, slimy shysters, tax cheats & Chicago thugs, who were brought to DC by BHO, couldn't effectively run a hotdog stand.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | May 28, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart, it's time to get over the "Jus' showing solidarity with the brother" nonsense.

Plenty of "brothers", and "sisters", and even wild animals have been paying the price of Obama's last 30 days of disinterest.

Time to "show solidarity with everybody" part ~ and join James Carville and I in condemning the destruction of the Louisiana coastline.

That MSM gal should have been kept around, on the job, and given plenty of opportunities to go up stairs to the roof just in case she wanted to jump off. Obama missed his chance with her.

Posted by: muawiyah | May 28, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama’s response was appropriate regarding the fire/resignation. Since the decision was not made by him and Salazar was testifying.

Strange that MSM did NOT lead with all that the federal government is doing.
Unasked questions. “Private industry caused this problem why is it up to the federal government to solve the problem?” “Do you think people who talk about “taking back government” now understand the importance of government oversight and regulations?” “What would you say to some of these politicians who talk about “state and private industry rights” and are now demanding government intervention.” I kept thinking someone would ask these quetions but lo and behold they kept asking different versions of answered questions.

Posted by: rlj1 | May 28, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

He presents himself before a still subservient press but has no answers to polite but real questions. He should have been prepared. Peggy Noonan's Op-Ed this morning wonders aloud about his competence. I would suggest at the least that the man is surrounded by incompetents. Most achieved political standing by carping and kvetching. The BP oil spill is a monumental disaster like Katrina, he could have mobilized a nation to protect the environment of the Gulf Coast but his advisors apparently had him duck responsiblily and just stand by and just watch the oil roll in. When it sinks in what has been done to them by this President's first inclination to cover himself the people in the Gulf States may have some choice words to call him and I will bet incompetent will be one of the milder ones.

Posted by: almorganiv | May 28, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone STILL believe ANYTHING that OBAMA says ANYMORE? It's time to wake up America, THERE IS NO TRUTH COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON. LET'S JUST HOPE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS DOESN'T TOTALLY RUIN THIS COUNTRY.

LET'S REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | May 28, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

This LOSER is SO finished! Between his incompetence in handling the BP spill, the Joe Sestak attempted Bribery fiasco (No, we don't believe the pile of bull put out by Comrade Obama's team of shyster lawyers!) his refusal to enforce Federal Law in Arizona while hundreds of Taxpaying CITIZENS are being killed by illegal aliens, his "boot on the throat" of 68% of citizens who did not and DO NO want his Marxist ObamaCare Boondoggle. He's done.

God Bless our Constitutional Republic! Remember in November!

Posted by: priley8104 | May 28, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

pfft! Capehart, you are an embarrassment to humanity. Partisan Hack comes to mind.

Posted by: priley8104 | May 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I almost feel sorry for The Community Organizer.

Posted by: happyacres | May 29, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

After reading this black Capehart's opinion piece...I understand WHY Homeland Security this week said there were no TERRORISTS. Said we are not at war with terror nor with Jihad nor with anyone we thought we were at war with. The Homeland Security voice spoke in Arabic and criticized Americans as terroists. The voice praised the Islamic religion of peace!!!. The voice reconfirmed that Homeland Securirty does not battle with IslamoFascists. In fact, Homeland Security renames them religious apostles, endorsed and supports them and does now even ignore them.

Check out http://www.rushlimbaugh.com and listen to yesterday's show. hear the New Voice of Homeland Security. Muslim.

NOV2 is all we got left at this point...use it. The VOTE is all that matters now. arm up.

Posted by: Patriot_Eagle | May 29, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

The Press, including Capehart in this posting, play games for the most part. Seriously, if you were as scrutinized, for every single word spoken, as the President is -- not just this President, either --- you'd be wary of saying anything. How can the man get any work done, with all the demand that he beat his chest publicly, that he know every tidbit of the running of Salazar's office, that he properly bully BP, that he also solve the entire immigration problem post haste so that the Press can be less "underwhelmed."

They're playing a competitive game of their own, called trying to get readers excited. It works, but it's ridiculous.

I hope Obama can ignore most of this "Since Bush was incompetent, You Must Be Perfect or It Won't Be Good Enough" nonsense. No one is perfect. No one of these writers could begin to do the job Obama is doing so well.

When did we give up being Americans who pull for the country
's good will and future, regardless of who's President? When did we become 100% antagonist -- pitting one group against another? This is exactly how older countries start out to evolve into the bitterly divided societies they are -- Ireland, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea -- do we really want to go down that path?

Common sense and good will would be a nice change.

Posted by: cturtle1 | May 29, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The President did fine at the presser. He took responsibility. He tied it to our need to pass the energy bill - very important, and rarely mentioned. He put to rest the delusion that the DOD or some secret government agency could really stop this spill but was just letting BP have their way. He announced very important moritoriums on drilling in Alaska, VA and the Gulf. People are projecting their anger at Big Oil, Big Corporations, Big Banks, onto the President. He can't stop everything he is doing to stand on the beach and wail. Who wants that, anyway? He is working to solve this tragedy, which is what it is, as expediously as possible.

Posted by: anitapreer | May 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

This is simply further proof that the government can't govern when the governors are expected to stay more up on the media's search for a "gotcha" than dealing with a catastrophic problem.
Obama is an effective President with an effective staff.
Let them do their (real) jobs.

Posted by: joesolo | May 29, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

If Pres Obama would have gone down to La and pushed BP out of the way, the Teabagger clowns (the Republican base) would have immeadiately started crying about keeping "Big Gov't" out of their free market oil spill.


Lee Atwater and later on with Karl Rove. They gave new meaning to the phrase "dirty politics" and since then, the Republicans have perfected the art of lying, inuendo, muck raking and misrepresentation of facts. They figured it was the only way to regain power after about 50 years of being a minority party following the great depression and being associated with Hoover.


What's really screwing up our nation is folks that keep saying "Oh the Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans". That's rubbish and that's a cop out.


The Democrats have moved mountains this year trying to clean up the mess from the Republican frat party that just ended in 2008. And they did it with the congressional Republicans and the right wing propaganda machine throwing rocks at them the entire time.


Democrats are far from perfect and I'm ticked off at some of the things they've done or left undone. But I have no patience with people who just throw up their hands and say "they're all the same". Makes some people feel righteous, no doubt, but it plays right into the hands of the Wall Street greedheads, Big Oil and the Mega Corporations who control of our country and it completely lets their lapdog Republican "pets" off the hook for their years of incompetence, corruption and corporate enabling.


Posted by: DrainYou | May 30, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Well now everyone knows BP is the worst ever. However, let me jump on some other folk as well: The Corp of Engineers!!! What crap they are. So the levies???????????? It has been about years now and you would think that would be an ongoing job?????????? And when CNN's Crowley asked, they are repaired but, not fixed-what the "F" word was that?? Say it again-so we can all punch ya out!!

And let me say this: The United States does not own the Gulf of Mexico!!!! Repeat-they share ownership--this is an international crime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, freak BP, Shell and that oil bunch of a.s.s. ho.les who are destroying the environment. And La. jump on their butts!! Mary and James Carville; Donna, Anderson, and all of CNN-stay on their a.s.s.es!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Really jump on Corp of Engineers!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't blame just BP; Navy etc. The Corp can freak up some stuff with their summations. Yuk!Yuk, Yuk!!!

Posted by: Scar1 | May 30, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The peoples administration is not working here. And we need to fix it, How has our administration gone so far out of touch? It has become a very large cancer that can not get out of it's own way for the betterment of the people. With it's masses of payrolls and giving themselves pay raises for no work done attitude have to be changed and not that we don't want to reward them for good work done but where is any productive work being done in Washington D.C. ? Where is the transparency? Why do we need two governments? By that I mean the Czars are running the country behind closed doors and the puppets are just smiling like they are all on Thorazine or some heavy sedative. Just voicing my view of things.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | May 31, 2010 4:51 AM | Report abuse

Sandbag the oil pipeline and then apply plasticizes on top of them. this will fix the problem any more questions? Do it and when it works Don't even mention my name just be done with it already. How long do we have to wait for anybody to make a real decision already? Get corporate out of the way and let real men fix the problem.(Sandbag the leaks now). Lead follow or get out of the way.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | May 31, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

(The oil leak) Another fix could be to inject air pressure into the pipe and force the oil back into where it comes from. Because sucking will only cause a siphon effect.If we can break the vacuum we can then stop the leak with a huge bilge plug and sand bag the smaller ones to gain control of the leaks. We all need to summit our ideas, we are all in this together and need not to point fingers just positive ideas at this time. We are a country of smart people but no one wants to help just sit on the sidelines and watch like some sitcom.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | May 31, 2010 5:11 AM | Report abuse

The word (SPILL) makes it all sound like milk. This is pressurized oil (Pumping) into our gulf and killing our environment. Lets make it perfectly clear. We are not doing things right here in America. We need to let our country run on it's own again. Get government out of the way and get the right people on the job. Do we hire the mail room boy to run big corporate companies?? That's what we have now in our Administration, we need real men to run our country. And let Capitalism work again. Listen to our founding fathers voices and get back our people power.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | May 31, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

I've been underwhelmed by the media an dundits since the incident began:

The media has been repeating the constant bleating and accusations of the republicans over the bail outs until you'ed think the President committed major crimes... they've repeated nastys like Hitler, Socialist, Marxist as if those making the accusations even knew what the words really meant.

Now the media is leading the charge over who's actually supervising the attempts to get the hole plugged and the oil cleaned up... seeming not to know, as every intelligent American knows, the federal government has never drilled a deep sea oil well, and does not have the expertise, equipment, or experienced staff to 'take charge'.

The moment that he nationalizes the tankers, the drillers, the workers, the booms, the engineers working on the plan, the same pundits and media and republicans will once again be squealing like stuck pigs about government take over, socialism marxism, hitler, and whatever other nasty they can come up with.

Thank you, Mr. President, for oyour wise and deft handling of this crisis to date... and know that those of us who count - as republicans and pundits in the media do not - see and understand.

Posted by: dutchess2 | May 31, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

annieandpauldonovan

um......er......annieandpauldonovan -

how to tell you at this stage of the game, the oil pumping into the Gulf IS capitalism at work, unfettered by anything but greed for the most dollars while the market is up.

No regulation, no safety measures, cutting every corner to avoid expense, no government inteference... all combined to make the worst environmental disaster EVER.

are you happy now?

Posted by: dutchess2 | May 31, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
30 May 2010

It was to be expected that Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and several high-profile Republican politicians should accuse President Obama of practically doing nothing in connection with the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fact and the objective truth, as this blog by Jonathan Capehart clearly shows, is that President Obama has done more than what he is expected to do. The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, led by its chief, an Admiral, are cooperating and collaborating closely with BP in every possible way to contain and stop the oil spill.

Moreover, President Obama took the unusual but prudent step of declaring the suspension of all new drilling for oil and gas offshore.

But the primary responsibility for the oil spill rests with British Petroleum. To its credit, BP is also doing everything it can, given the present state of knowledge, to contain the damage and to stop the further spillege of oil into the Gulf.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | May 31, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
30 May 2010

It was to be expected that Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and several high-profile Republican politicians should accuse President Obama of practically doing nothing in connection with the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fact and the objective truth, as this blog by Jonathan Capehart clearly shows, is that President Obama has done more than what he is expected to do. The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, led by its chief, an Admiral, are cooperating and collaborating closely with BP in every possible way to contain and stop the oil spill.

Moreover, President Obama took the unusual but prudent step of declaring the suspension of all new drilling for oil and gas offshore.

But the primary responsibility for the oil spill rests with British Petroleum. To its credit, BP is also doing everything it can, given the present state of knowledge, to contain the damage and to stop the further spillage of oil into the Gulf.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | May 31, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Given what has come out during the recent newscycle, this presser can be judged as stalling for time. The administration will be hard pressed to defend itself as the reality of BP's actions are being revealed. It simply looks like Obama and company were willing to accept BP's spin. Lobbyist pressure at work?

Posted by: Puller58 | May 31, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Dutchess: The original plan was to burn off the oil, and then the government stopped the burning of the oil when the green nuy cakes came out of the closest. Err

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | May 31, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Dutchess: The original plan was to burn off the oil, and then the government stopped the burning of the oil when the green nut cakes came out of the closest. Err

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | May 31, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to blame it goes right to the top. As it should in any administration. I have observed countless times when Bush has said the buck stops here. As a matter of fact he stood alone in his presidency 100s of times when he stood strong in his convictions.It was I'm sure very lonely at the top day after day, he was left alone to the far left media. And that takes a strong person. So yes Obama has his critics but the buck does indeed stop at the top.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | May 31, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I believe Obama and his Administration have been working night and day to stop the oil gushing from the ocean floor at a prodigious rate, and from fouling the shoreline. But not much positive has occurred. He can and should be called to account for that. He said the leak occurred because of the culture of corruption that exists between regulators and industry. That's been going on for a long time, through Democratic and Republican Administrations. If Obama is serious, we should see positive attempts to end the corruption of our government, from monied access to our presidents and congressmen, to restrictions on joining the industries they regulate for federal employees. The 2008 election was about changing the way Washington does business. Obama's election and a Democratic majority have changed nothing. If anything, it's worse because Obama himself raised our expectations.

Posted by: sailhardy | May 31, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Until this past week President Obama had delegated his leadership on the Gulf oil disaster. Still, he pursues a strategy of wait and see, rather than initiate and take action now. There are never specifics given ... just further indicators of his style of response to any issue: "we're evaluating our best options", "mitigating damages", "performing reviews", "examining feasibility of our efforts", "we're not as nimble as we should be ..." This President has yet to learn that leadership is action, not position. The American people and particularly those in along the Gulf Coast already know he is President. They expect action!

Posted by: mpwynn | May 31, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

BP must Tame Nature
BP the corporation is a Felon never forgets that and they have many felonious acts in the Deepwater Horizon as well.

Obama Chu and some many others have no clue what ‘IS’ and what ‘HAS’ has gone on, and why should they need to know all the details? Unless that might be BP main political Agenda in shifting the blame and that would loose some of their liabilities.

BP got bite by 20,000 PSI flowing mud then gas then oil and gas and they are scared to death in Taming the Nature they let loose.

The new BP idea is just a partial theft of my idea turned in 20 to 30 days ago and they did nothing with it to get me in the loop as they did the other 7800 or more who turned in ideas to help. So Folks forget about capturing a portion of the crude and gas --- get with the plan to TAME NATURE and kill the well once and for all NOW:

BP MUST TAME NATURE with an overshot
By Dwight Baker
First sent to BP Investors Relations in England May 13, 2010
Today is May 31, 2010
Dbaker007@stx.rr.com

Eagles Eye View Aiming at Issues for We the People Advocates

The Plan was first sent to BP May 13, 2010 today an UP DATE May 31,2010 noting that BP has stolen my basic ideas -----WHY?

Many of the facts needed to problem solve have been denied us.

Yet, I envisioned the cure and passed it along to BP many days ago and still hold to the basic premise that We the People must demand BP to Tame Nature.

I have decided to publish the CURE for all to see.

Now, for those who care to and must know the problems that created the blow out and the cure ---- Please contact me for my 2500 word treaties with large technical drawings including ecological,technical social and political conclusions built around facts. The file size is 1.01 MB

Contact Dwight Baker at dbaker007@stx.rr.com and the file will be sent.

Posted by: dbaker00711281944 | May 31, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Capehart: "Obama holds his own on BP"

Yes, but holding his own what?

That's about all he's done thus far other than bloviate while strutting around other parts of the country spouting some of his useless managerial brio.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | May 31, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Capehart: "Obama holds his own on BP"

Yes, but holding his own 'what'?

That's about all he's done thus far other than bloviate while strutting around other parts of the country spouting some of his useless managerial brio.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | May 31, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

"Holding his own?" If we want a leader who can "hold his own" we might as well gibve up. The only thing he has done -- which is no great feat -- is escape any real scrutiny from the patsy news networks that pretty much campaigned for him and have been giving him a pass since he took office. Mr. Capehart is as guilty as any in this deification of Obama.

Ask thise folks in the Gulf if they think Obama has been effective...........which is a standard well above "holding his own" -- which is just another way to say "treading water".

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | May 31, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the free passes with this guy, and when I say this guy, I mean his entire team! He tells us every bleeping day he's the president, he's in charge, and then can't seem to even hire people to manage his calendar for him- let alone a PR 101 intern to give advise on how to look like you care.

I bet if you printed out every article for the past 2 years on this guys and never included his name or ethnicity you would have none of this. Shame on you

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | May 31, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

When are you Lefties going to stop giving this president and his crew a free pass? When this country is covered with oil which perpetually spouts out into our precious seas? When we lose our freedoms and rights and can no longer speak as we wish? And to those of you who spout the "party line" and say that it's all George W. Bush's fault, get over it, and let's move forward!

Obama got into office by repeating his mantra: "Yes we can". And now that he's president, what happened to all that optimism and hope?

Let's face reality America. We have a major problem facing us, and the self-appointed messiah is not going to solve it anytime in the near future.

Posted by: barrysal | May 31, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

What is with the lunatic response to a disaster caused by incompetent and reckless endangerment letting the guilty parties continue the incompetent handling of the disaster however they please to their benefit?
That is what was done in the case of the banking failure and our economy is still at great risk.
We paid the price for a temporary fix of the banking disaster and now we are going to pay at the pump for the oil spill disaster.
We have become a place called "Wonderland"
You have to wonder. Why is the "Mad Hare" running things?

Posted by: OchamsRazor | June 1, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Get off your knees Capehart! Wipe your mouth and act like a man! Open your eyes and quit defending this incompetent, inexperienced loser!

Posted by: kj724 | June 1, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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